82-year-old House Democrat asks 'The Squad' if he can join

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James Pascrell'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Lawmakers urge administration to remove tariffs on European wine and spirits amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention MORE (D-N.J.) could be the newest member of the House's "Squad" after the 82-year-old congressman asked his freshmen colleagues to be part of the tight-knit group.

Pascrell tweeted the request at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyIt's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (Minn.) after satirical outlet The Onion poked fun at him in a Tuesday story.

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The Onion tweeted an image of Pascrell standing near Omar with the caption “Bill Pascrell Quietly Asks Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad,” prompting the longtime lawmaker to tweet out his own request.

“Well. How bout it,” he quipped, tagging the four.

"You're in, @BillPascrell!" Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded, appearing excited to accept Pascrell's request to join the group.

The comical post follows tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE on Sunday in which the president, without directly naming them, told the progressive congresswomen of color to “go back” to other countries. All four congresswomen are U.S. citizens. 

Democrats have blasted Trump for using a racist trope, and a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Texas Democrats plan 7-figure ad buy to turn state blue Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerDemocrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Congress rightfully rejects dangerous effort to cut defense budget by 10 percent Desiree Tims outraises longtime GOP Rep. Michael Turner by more than 0K in second quarter MORE (Ohio), have described the language as racist, though most Republicans have stopped short of using the term explicitly.

Trump has refused to apologize for the remarks amid widespread backlash and has dug in on the remarks repeatedly. He defended his remarks early Tuesday, insisting that he doesn’t “have a racist bone" in his body.

The House plans to vote on its resolution against Trump’s comments later Tuesday.